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How to best tune a Linux PC for development purposes?

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I've found less tuning is required for Linux than for Windows, even when on the same hardware. –  Eddie May 1 '09 at 1:23
    
This belongs on Super User... –  Earlz Mar 21 '10 at 16:13
    
Depends on what kind of development you're talking about. –  Matt Mar 21 '10 at 20:35

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Spend money on RAM first, disk second, and CPU speed third. Use CVS or some other software version control system even if you're the only programmer. Back up frequently.

Actually, spend money on a good monitor and keyboard first.

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+1 for the keyboard argument. Also don't forget the mouse or a very good touchpad - except, if you do absolutely everything by keyboard. Just measure how long it takes to aim at the close button of a window with a cheap touchpad! (Ah, I see that this was an old question, but somebody just answered it :-) –  Chris Lercher Mar 21 '10 at 15:43
    
use as SSD and watch those kernel compiles fly! –  The Unix Janitor Mar 21 '10 at 16:50

Use noatime on non-important-data

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If your distribution doesn't do it already, consider to move /tmp to a ramdisk so temporary files would be created in RAM.

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http://studyhat.blogspot.com/2009/10/performance-and-tuning.html

or

http://studyhat.blogspot.com/2009/12/identifying-linux-bottlenecks.html

i feel 1st you need find out bottlenecks in server then you can use above links for tuning server!!!!!!!!

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